The kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest things in the kitchen. They are used for washing dishes, cleaning kitchen appliances and wiping up food spills. Sponges can harbor harmful bacteria and when left unsantized can spread food-borne illnesses and bacteria all over your kitchen. In order to prevent contamination, you should sterilize your sponges weekly. Here is a simple way to clean your sponge and create a healthier kitchen environment:

Things You Will Need:

  • Cool water
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave

1. Rinse the sponge with cool water and wring out any excess liquid.

2. Pour 1/2 cup of cool water in a microwave safe bowl.

3. Lay the sponge in the bowl of cool water.

4. Place the bowl in the microwave.

5. Microwave on the highest heat setting for 2 minutes.

6. Let the bowl cool completely before removing it from the microwave.

7. Do not remove the sponge from the bowl until the water has cooled thoroughly.

Note: If you don’t have a microwave you can substitute a dishwasher’s drying cycle for the two minutes in the microwave.

 

If you are sending a kid off to college it is not only the tuition you need to worry about. There are a lot of other expenses that add up as well. If you are on a tight budget or just looking to save a few bucks there are some tools to help save you money.

Here are some cost-saving tips for the college years:

Save on Textbooks
Look beyond the university book store to save money. According to the College Board, students spend an average of $1,200 a year on books and supplies. Try to purchase used books from sites like Bookfinder, Affordabook, Half or Amazon. Another option could be to rent textbooks. Some schools have their own rental programs; also check sites like BarnesandNoble.com, CampusBookRentals.com, and Chegg.com.

When buying or renting books outside of the university bookstore, make sure you get the right edition. Confirm the book has the correct ISBN (International Standard Book Number) do not just go by the title.

Save on Computers
Look for deals on refurbished computers online at sites like NotebooksForStudents.org. If you want to buy a new computer see if your school offers a partnership with any technology brands. This could save you approximately 10%.

Dorm Room Necessities
Shop the big box stores for dorm room items. Stores like Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target offer a large selection of back-to-school items. Don’t forget to shop the dollar store for items such as storage bins, and other small items. You may also want to look for used items like dorm refrigerators at yard sales or network with friends that may have kids graduating.

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